DENVER – April 12, 2021 – JanSport today introduced Surplus Ski n ‘Hike, the brand’s first collection of backpacks made with surplus factory materials that might otherwise have ended up in landfills. The launch marks another milestone in the brand’s mission to become a leader in the design and manufacture of sustainable backpacks. The new collection will be available from Monday, April 12, 2021 at jansport.com/surplus.
The US EPA estimates that 85% of all textile waste ends up in landfills1. Available in Vintage Pink, Red Tape and Forge Gray, the Surplus Ski n ‘Hike collection revives an iconic JanSport style made entirely from surplus materials, underscoring JanSport’s commitment to careful use of raw materials and manufacturing. Every component in this collection of limited edition packs, from fabric and lining to ladder locks and zipper pulls, is derived from pre-existing factory materials.
Understanding the principles of Generation Z and their conscious consumption habits rooted in activism has generated a strong bond between JanSport and its target consumer. This relationship has also fueled the brand’s overall commitment to offer more products that meet their sustainability standards while remaining fashionable and functional, such as the Recycled SuperBreak launched last year; JanSport’s first backpack made in part with 100% recycled fabric.
“As part of our sustainability efforts, JanSport wants to keep the fabric off the cutting room floor and ensure that our unused products are not wasted. We challenged our designers to create a collection of backpacks entirely from excess fabric and components from our factory, and we couldn’t be more impressed with the result, ”said Roger Spatz, President of JanSport. “The Ski n ‘Hike Surplus breathes new life into an archived silhouette and uses textiles in a smarter, more sustainable way that prevents these items from potentially being landfilled.”
The Surplus Ski n ‘Hike is just the last step in JanSport’s sustainability journey. JanSport continues to be transparent by tracking its sustainability progress with recent notable milestones and initiatives including:
- Fight against plastic waste: JanSport saved the equivalent of 13,000,000 plastic water bottles * last season by using recycled fabrics and linings in certain styles.
- Enabling Renewable Energy: Integrating energy efficiency and renewable energy sources into the supply chain to help reduce our carbon footprint.
- Careful Processing and Manufacturing: All JanSport products are designed to be PVC free.
- A Greener World: JanSport uses 100% recycled paper for hang tags on its products, which helps mitigate the effects of the manufacturing process on our planet and our overall well-being.
- Continually Make Things Better: JanSport and its business partners adhere to the highest ethical standards, focusing on safe and legal manufacturing practices that adhere to the Fair Labor Association Code of Conduct.
* Based on a 16 oz bottle.
Posted on April 13, 2021